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Wal-Mart faces lawsuit over alleged discrimination

Wal-Mart is one of the world's largest companies with store locations almost everywhere. In the Denver area alone there are 20 Wal-Mart stores. The company is well-known for having a widely diverse selection of goods at low prices. As the company grew many locations were converted to also include grocery sections. Wal-Mart is also one of the companies with the most employees in the nation. That is why when an employee of this company alleges that she was subjected to discrimination, many people may pay close attention, because some of our Colorado readers may know someone who works for Wal-Mart - or they might be a Wal-Mart employee themselves.

According to a recent article, one Wal-Mart store location in particular has been singled out as allowing discriminatory practices in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The victim in this case apparently suffers from a developmental disability, and she has claimed that she was the object of inappropriate conduct on the part of another male employee. The big problem is that in the case that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed, it is said that management personnel at the store knew about the harassment and yet failed to do anything about it.

Approximately three weeks after the victim complained about the harassment she was fired. Although the EEOC has decided to act with a lawsuit, Wal-Mart has also taken action, reportedly firing the male employee who was involved in the discriminatory acts. However, Wal-Mart claims that the victim also allegedly acted inappropriately at times.

As far as we have come as a society to prevent discrimination in the workplace, the unfortunate reality is that it is still occurring out there every day. The important thing for our Colorado readers to remember is that if an incident of discrimination occurs there are timelines to keep in mind. In Colorado, a victim of allegedly discriminatory conduct must report the violation within 300 days of its occurrence.

Source: Business Insurance, "EEOC alleges Wal-Mart employee mistreated disabled co-worker," Judy Greenwald, April 15, 2013

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